M-212 (Michigan highway)
M-212 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MDOT|
|Length||0.732 mi (1.178 km)|
|Existed||December 29, 1937–present|
|West end||Aloha State Park|
|East end||M-33 in Aloha Township|
M-212 is a state trunkline highway in the US state of Michigan. The highway was designated in order to provide access from M-33 to both the small community of Aloha on the eastern shore of Mullett Lake, as well as to Aloha State Park, where the highway ends. M-212 is the shortest signed state highway in Michigan, beating out the second shortest, M-239, which registers at 1.136 miles (1.828 km). M-212 even beats out Michigan's shortest signed business route, BUS M-32 in Hillman, which comes in at 0.738 miles (1.188 km), only about six-thousandths of a mile longer, or about 32 feet (9.8 m).
M-212 was assigned on December 29, 1937, from the intersection with Second Street to an intersection with US Highway 23 (US 23). In 1940, the state of Michigan rerouted US 23 and replaced it with M-33.
M-212 begins at an intersection with Second Street and the Tromble Trail north of the entrance to Aloha State Park in the community of Aloha. The community was originally a stop on the Detroit and Mackinac Railway that was named after a trip to Hawaii by the local sawmill owner. Progressing eastward, M-212 intersects with Third Street and Fourth Street, both of which are just separated by woodlands and residences. To the north of the highway, there is all woodlands and residences. To the south, there are just a few residences. After a while, there is a large clearing, which gives way to a farm to the north and more residences to the south. After the farm there is a large field and M-212 terminates at an intersection with M-33 in Aloha Township.
The Michigan State Highway Department assigned M-212 to its current alignment in Aloha Township from what was then US 23 on December 29, 1937. The route has remained mainly intact since its assignment. Originally, US 23 ran along the highway at the eastern terminus of M-212, but the highway department realigned the highway onto an alignment along the shore of Lake Huron in 1940; that year, the highway department replaced the former US 23 alignment with the designation of M-33, which has remained there since.
|0.000||0.000||Second Street||Aloha State Park entrance|
|0.732||1.178||M-33 – Cheboygan, Onaway|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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